Coming Home–Moments of Those

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When my homesickness began to devastate my productivity in every aspect of life in Kingston, I decided to pack my luggage and booked air tickets to home. After 15 hours’ direct flight, I finally arrived at the Hong Kong International

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Go Beyond Output: Attending Academic Conference

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Attending an academic conference means more than just speaking in front of a group of audiences. Any form of (effective) communication involves the two-way interaction: give and take. And the effectiveness of such an interaction, in my eye, surprisingly depends

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A new approach to making the most out of a conference

I promise this will make sense once you read.

Conferences are opportunities where you share your work, expand your knowledge, and importantly, network with people in your field. Networking is a neat buzzword and across all areas is inextricably tied moving your career forward. Academia is no exception. It often

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Rubbing elbows in the Rockies

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We have talked a lot about networking over the years at Gradifying and to continue this week, I had a really interesting networking opportunity this past summer that I wanted to share. It didn’t involve Academia or anything work-related, and

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“How Can You Find a Job with a Degree in Cultural Studies?” — A Personal Reflection on the Career Path of Grad Students in Humanities

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I have been frequently in the situations that people asked me “What kind of job are you looking for after graduation?”. That question was out of enough courtesy, because more often it could be “How can you find a job

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Building Career Opportunities: Carving Something Out of Nothing

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Here at Gradifying we’ve been writing about preparing for a career from a number of different angles. We’ve covered Career Week that took place in mid-October, Amanda wrote on timing your job search; and Vanessa on how to choose your

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Reflections on Attending the Career Fair and Network Reception at Queen’s

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Now we have arrived at the last day of October! Congratulations to those who have made most use of the career workshops and events during these weeks and have figured out a piece (or a whole) of their career planning!

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Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, it’s off to work we go!

Whether you are close to departing the academic womb or not, thinking about your future job is important at any stage. One of the questions from Chengcheng’s post that got me thinking was “What does your dream job look like? How

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What time is the ‘right time’? On the timing of your job search

I’m about half way through what I hope to be my second last semester at Queen’s and I have often wondered when I should start looking for jobs. So I figured I would do some digging and see what I

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Notes on Today’s Career Week Workshops

Workshop: Career Planning – the versatile graduate (what is your grad story? how would you tell it to a potential employer, in an application, for networking) — For grad students, the key to finding a job: How to translate your skills

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